Pennsylvania Land Trust Association

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) seeks to protect Pennsylvania’s special places—the farms, forests, parks and other green spaces that people love—the places that help to ensure healthy, prosperous and secure communities. To increase the pace and improve the quality of land conservation work, PALTA helps land trusts and other conservation practitioners improve their effectiveness, builds public understanding, and advocates for better governmental policy.

PALTA was created by land trust volunteers and staff who recognized the need for an association that can focus on the broad needs of the conservation movement—to take on activities that no one organization could effectively handle or wish to handle on its own. Eighty of Pennsylvania’s most active conservation organizations count themselves as dues-paying members of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. These organizations elect the Board and set PALTA’s purposes. The organizations in turn count 100,000 Pennsylvanians as members and contributors.

Featured Stories

  • In Their Own Words

    PALTA helps landowners achieve an exciting goal: protecting their own land on their own terms, forever. These are some of the landowners' best success stories, told in their own words.

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  • Stories of Land and People

    PALTA has been involved in many conservation victories beyond those chronicled in the In Their Own Words project. These are a few more land conservation success stories.

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